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May 10, 2023

K-State Engineering Extension partners with WSU to provide technical assistance to underserved communities

Submitted by Abigail Crouse

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the selection of Wichita State University to serve as a new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center, or EJ TCTAC, to help Midwestern communities access funding opportunities to advance environmental justice. The WSU center will serve communities throughout EPA Region 7, which consists of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Kansas State University Engineering Extension will serve as a partner organization for the Region 7 EJ TCTAC and will provide technical assistance to underserved and overburdened communities in the four-state area. K-State's Pollution Prevention Institute will lead Engineering Extension's partnership that will include contributions from the Kansas Energy Program, Kansas Radon Program and Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program.

"Our K-State team of technical assistance providers are pleased to partner with WSU and seven other nonprofit organizations to make services more accessible for underserved communities, including small businesses," said Nancy Larson, director of the Pollution Prevention Institute at K-State.

WSU is one of 17 EJ TCTACs and will receive $10 million, with a portion allocated to remove barriers and improve accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns.

Additional award information will be announced in summer 2023. For more information about the centers, visit the website